British GP: Race notes - Williams


In front of a capacity crowd, AT&T Williams had an unremarkable race at Silverstone this afternoon, as neither driver was able to collect points at the team's home Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg delivered another aggressive performance from a challenging 17th on the grid following technical problems yesterday to cross the line in 12th place. Team mate Alex Wurz who, despite a competitive race pace, finished 13th.

Nico Rosberg: Due to having to start so far back, we decided to go for an aggressive strategy. I attacked from lap one and managed to overtake a few people at the beginning of the race, which I really enjoyed. I then became stuck behind Coulthard and I tried to pass him. He messed up, went wide and pushed me onto the grass. After that, I didn't get another chance to pass him. Despite the poor result in the race, the positive aspect is that I feel I have been on the pace all weekend. We have to look ahead now. We have a test in Spa this week and then some welcome days off before the next race.

Alex Wurz: I started 13th and finished 13th, so naturally I am not happy that we didn't manage to make any progress today. I think, looking back, the risky combination of the option tyre and my heavy fuel load meant that traction would be difficult and I didn't have a very good start, so the strategy didn't really pay off. However, when the car was lighter and we moved onto the other tyres, the lap times were pretty good. Around lap 30, I used the opportunity of the blue flags to out-brake Speed after he left the door open, but after I went through, he hit my rear wheel. His race was over, but fortunately I was able to continue with no problems.

Sam Michael, Technical Director: It was disappointing not to get any points today but, from where we started, it wasn't going to be easy. The cars were solid and reliable and both Nico and Alex drove well in the race. Most of the afternoon was spent in traffic, but we still need to improve our qualifying and race performance. We'll work on this at next week's test in Spa and look ahead to scoring points in Germany.

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Published: 08/07/2007
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